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1960s Rebels: Caroline Coon - Artist and Activist

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Published on Oct 13, 2016

The late 1960s saw progressive ideas emanate from the countercultural underground and revolutionise society. Challenging oppressive, outdated norms and expectations, a small number of individuals brought about far-reaching changes as they sought to attain a better world. Their idealism and actions helped mobilise a movement which continues to inspire modern activists and shape how we live today.

As a young woman, Caroline Coon rejected her upper-class upbringing and moved to London where in 1967 she founded RELEASE, a support service for drug-busted individuals, whilst still an art student. A lifelong feminist, she has long called out double standards in society’s gender expectations, and was one of the dedicatees of Germaine Greer’s The Female Eunuch (1971). Coon was involved in the 70s punk scene as a music journalist and briefly managed the Clash, and continues to provoke the establishment today with her art.

You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 – 1970
10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
vam.ac.uk/revolution

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